Travis Mohlenbrink is president and owner of three area restaurants—Cracked Pepper, Salt and Sugar—overseeing their strategic direction, growth and daily operations. His entrepreneurial endeavors and community advocacy have greatly enhanced Peoria’s downtown revitalization efforts.
Mohlenbrink’s drive for excellence has led to numerous awards and recognitions for his restaurants, including the Peoria Journal Star’s Reader’s Choice Award, Peoria Riverfront Museum’s People’s Choice Award and a range of awards from the Heart of Illinois Hospitality Association. From speaking to area groups to being featured in local and national magazines, the community and industry alike have taken note of his success. He has also been an adjunct professor in the culinary program at Illinois Central College, teaching the next generation of industry leaders.
After St. Jude doctors saved his son’s life, Mohlenbrink got involved with the organization and its mission. His leadership as a St. Jude committee leader and title sponsor helped double revenue in the St. Jude Peoria Golf Classic, and he also assists with the St. Jude Tribute to the Stars gala, which raised more than $360,000 this year.
As a volunteer for the Peoria Public Library Children’s Reading program, Peoria Pathways to Prosperity education initiative and CASA of Peoria County, Mohlenbrink’s community involvement extends well beyond St. Jude. He has donated time and treasure to the Peoria Rescue Mission, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children’s Home, Easter Seals, Peoria Zoological Society, Central Illinois FRIENDS of People with AIDS, Power of Play campaign and the YMCA. He is also a 2014 graduate of the Peoria Area Chamber’s Community Leadership School.
Travis Mohlenbrink’s expertise and passion for the food industry—as well as his drive to make great things happen—will continue to benefit the community for years to come, as he is set to open his fourth establishment, Thyme Kitchen and Craft Beer in 2015. iBi